The book, which is
called 'Comforting Words', contains a selection of poems dealing
with the theme of life after death.
Mr Bruce, who lives
in Banff and who has released a number of poetry volumes over the
past few years, got the idea for the book after reflecting on a
conversation he had with a man who had never been to a funeral.
He said: "Coming from
such a large family I've been to so many funerals that I could not
believe it when I spoke to one of my friends, aged 30-plus, who said
he'd never been to a funeral.
"I thought, 'he
hasn't been to a funeral? that's amazing'. So I sat down and put all
my relevant poems that I've written over the past two years together
and added a few more.
"So this book
basically evolved from a collection of my thoughts and my memories
of how I felt when members of my family or my friends passed away."
Mr Bruce says that he
is not a regular church-goer, but he does believe in an afterlife.
He hopes that people who read his book will get some comfort from
He said: "If you're
reading this book in your time of loss I sincerely hope that some of
the words in the book bring you some comfort. When a loved one dies
it's often a time when we have so much to say but we aren't always
in the right frame of mind to express what we really feel.
"I believe in life
after death. And that's what the book's all about. If you can
believe there's a life after death it might make life a bit easier."
Titles of poems
include 'Heaven's Golden Shore', 'See the Light' and 'Live Forever',
the latter of which reads: "Don't fear death, just look it straight
in the eye, death comes to us all, but we don't really die; Our
bodies may be dead, but our souls live forever, our souls can never
die, they live whatever."
Mr Bruce, who works
as a marine surveyor, has published several books as both the Bard
of the Broch, the Bard o' Buchan and the Bard o' Banff.
He also recently had
great success with a calendar, decorated with other poems and
photographs, that he produced for Fraser-burgh, which sold 150
copies in the space of just 10 days.
collection, which has approximately 50 poems, is now available in
Banff book shop Chapter and Verse on Low Street, at a cost of £3.99.